A Brief Description of Ken Lamberton's Career
In 1980, Ken Lamberton graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor's
degree in biology and for the next five years taught science at a public school.  In
1987, he went to prison, where Lamberton joined the creative writing workshop of
poet and author Richard Shelton and soon began publishing articles and essays
about two subjects he knew well: prison and the natural history of the Southwest.  It
was only a matter of time before he came to connect the two subjects on the page.

During his incarceration Lamberton's articles and essays began appearing in
national magazines and literary journals like
Orion, Arizona Highways, Bird Watcher’s
Digest, Manoa, Northern Lights, Alligator Juniper, Puerto Del Sol
, and the Gettysburg
Review
.  Several of these essays, in turn, were selected for anthologies such as
American Nature Writing, Getting Over the Color Green, and David Quammen's
anthology
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2000.  Editors have
nominated two of Lamberton's essays for Pushcart Prizes, and Robert Atwan of
The
Best American Essays
series listed his work in "Notable Essays of 1998" and again
in "Notable Essays of 1999."  

Then, in January 2000, Mercury House published Lamberton's first book,
Wilderness
and Razor Wire: A Naturalist’s Observations from Prison
, to critical acclaim.  The San
Francisco Chronicle called it, "…entirely original: an edgy, ferocious, subtly complex
collection of essays…".  The book won the 2002 John Burroughs Medal for
outstanding nature writing.

After his release from prison, Ken Lamberton completed his MFA in creative writing at
the University of Arizona, and continued writing and publishing essays and books
about the Southwest.  The University of Arizona Press published
Chiricahua
Mountains: Bridging the Borders of Wildness
in October 2003, then published his third
book,
Beyond Desert Walls: Essays from Prison, in March 2005.  Lamberton's fourth
book,
Time of Grace: Thoughts on Nature, Family, and the Politics of Crime and
Punishment
(University of Arizona Press, October 2007), won a Soros Justice
Fellowship in 2007 and was nominated for a National Book Award.  Currently, he is
promoting his latest book called
Dry River: Stories of Life, Death, and Redemption on
the Santa Cruz.

Lamberton travels and lectures widely, from church forums to university campuses,
reading from his books and discussing his work.  Topics include creative writing,
nature, family, and the politics of crime and punishment.  His profile has appeared in
Writer's Market 1999, The Arizona Republic (March 11, 2001), the Arizona Daily Star
(July 12, 2001 and March 31, 2002),
The Dallas Morning News, (June 6, 2002), and
Sierra Magazine (November-December 2002).  Additionally, he has appeared on
many radio and television programs including
Arizona Illustrated and National Public
Radio
("To the Best of Our Knowledge" with Steve Paulson (April 2000) and "Living on
Earth" with Steve Curwood (March 2005).  


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"The Wisdom of Chasing
Serpents" from my
forthcoming book,
Chasing
Arizona, now
published in the
journal
ISLE.

See my feature "Iconic
Arizona" in the January issue
of
Desert Leaf.

Check out my piece in
Orion    
and
Blue Lyra Review
excerpted from Chasing
Arizona.

See my essay from Chasing
Arizona in the Wolf anthology
here.

See my reading at the
inaugural 2009 Tucson
Festival of Books, sponsored
by the U of A Poetry Center.

The newest printing of
Wilderness and Razor Wire is
now available
here.  
And here's  the
eBook version
live at Kindle!













Dry River included in the
"winner's circle" of Southwest
Books of the Year, 2011!  
"This is an elegant and
important book from one of
southern Arizona's most
gifted writers."  See the
announcement.













"[A] literary act of river
restoration."  Read the review
of
Dry River  in High Country
News

Read essay "Yard Birds" in
the new anthology,
The Way
Of Natural History, edited by
Thomas Fleischner and
published by Trinity University
Press.

"Lamberton is a consummate
explorer, and this book will
give readers a sense of
hiking the Santa Cruz
alongside an experienced
guide and loquacious
raconteur."  Read the review
of
Dry River in the Tucson
Weekly

Dry River: Stories of Life,
Death, and Redemption on
the Santa Cruz has been
released!

See the essay "River Gods" in
the new anthology
Hope
Beneath Our Feet
(ed. Martin
Keogh).

Read the newest review of
Time of Grace in
ChristianityToday.com

Time of Grace has won a
2008 Eric Hoffer Notable
Book Award and is a 2008
Arizona Book Award finalist
for the best
nature/environment book.

Read the review of
Time of
Grace
in the Tucson Weekly:
"Nature Mystic."

Read Scott Esposito's review
of Richard Shelton's and Ken
Lamberton's books,
Crossing
the Yard
and Time of Grace in
The Quarterly Conversation,
entitled
"What are Prison's For?"

See Richard Shelton and Ken
Lamberton on
Arizona
Illustrated.

The Open Society Institute in
New York awarded Ken
Lamberton the 2007 Soros
Justice Fellowship to
complete and promote his
book,
Time of Grace:
Thoughts on Nature, Family,
and the Politics of Crime and
Punishment
(formerly Razor
Wire Notes
).  See the
announcement.
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